What’s the Difference Between Day and Night Moisturizers?

November 15, 2015

If you’ve been shopping for moisturizer before, you’ve likely come across products stamped with a day or night tag and wondered to yourself, “What’s the difference between day and night creams anyway? And do I really need both?”

Let’s break it down for you.



During the day, your skin is subject to weather, pollution, stress, fluctuating temperatures and makeup. So it’s incredibly important to build up a barrier against these things and have faith that your chosen moisturizer will help protect your face as well as make sure you feel and look amazing.

Luckily, philosophy’s renewed hope in a jar grants you this hopeful barrier, protecting you while gently hydrating and helping to re-energize your skin.

Day creams are designed to be worn under cosmetics, so our renewed hope in a jar’s award-winning formula comes with a light, whipped, non-greasy texture that your skin will absorb quickly, allowing your pores to breathe. As a bonus, the triple blend of alpha-hydroxy acids in renewed hope in a jar also gently exfoliate your skin. It’s the perfect balance! 



Nighttime is the perfect time to up the ante and get in some deep, intense moisturizing. A lot happens to your skin while you’re sleeping. It releases hormones that fight off fine lines and age spots. It repairs environmental damage from the day. And it dries out — even more so then when you’re out in the elements.

Night creams are designed to aid your body’s natural regeneration, while preventing your skin from drying out. They’re often thicker and heavier than day creams, and your skin can take this richer formula because it’s not being exposed to pollution or cosmetics.  

Of course, renewed hope in a jar overnight recharging & refining moisturizer has extra moisturizing properties for night but still has a lighter, more whipped texture compared to other night creams, so you won’t have to worry about leaving greasy marks on your pillow case! And it’s special formula locks in moisture, so you won’t have to worry about waking up with dull dry skin.



The decision on whether or not you use two moisturizers is ultimately a personal choice based on your skincare needs. Some women choose one moisturizer. Some choose two. Others, a whole medicine cabinet of them! Evaluate what your skin’s problem areas are and what products will give you the solutions you need., and build from there. But keep in mind, those who choose to use a day and nighttime moisturizer together find the benefits of 24-hour hydration, continuous renewal and bright glow.